The so-called „Crooked Bridge“ is a little older than the famous „Stari Most“ (old Bridge). At least, the original bridge was so. While the original Stari Most was bombed in 1993, the Crooked Bridge was destroyed in a flood in 2005 after it was weakened by war damages of the early 1990s.
The reconstruction of the Crooked Bridge has not been celebrated as much as the one of the bigger sister. However, the reconstruction of the Crooked Bridge has been done in a more clumsy way compared to the Stari Most. Still the (new) old little bridge is a beautiful sight and should not be missed.
The Crooked Bridge is seen as the prototype for Stari Most. It is part of the UNESCO World heritage site which comprises Stari Most and the Old Town.
To get there, use the steps coming from Oneskucova Street on the Croat side. Looking from the bridge, these steps can be found on the left hand side between two shops.
The Kriva Ćuprija, or crooked bridge, is a mini most or baby bridge: A miniature version of the Stari Most close by. It was built 8 years before its more famous companion, and is believed to have been used as a prototype for the much more ambitious structure across the Neretva.
While Mostar is famous for the Old Bridge (Stari Most), bridge-lovers of the world won't want to miss it's little sister- the Crooked Bridge. Just a block or two west of the main bridge, the little Crooked Bridge is a petite one-arch bridge with fewer tourists and more cute photo opportunities. The bridge also has a sad history: it was destroyed during the war, then reconstructed, but then swept away again during a flood. The bridge today is a very recent reconstruction, though like Stari Most it was reconstructed using authentic, traditional techniques.
While the Stari Most steals the show for Mostar's most famous bridge, there is another beautiful, albeit much smaller stone bridge in Mostar. The narrow single arch footbridge, known as the crooked bridge is similar in style to the Stari Most and its exact date of construction is not known but the perfect semi-circular shape is another exquisite example of Mostar's turkish architectural style. The 'crookedness' of the bridge can be seen when walking towrds the steps leading over the bridge, with its' walls of the bridge having an angular appearance at the ends. Luck does not seem to befall the brdiges of Mostar as this bridge too was destroyed in December 2000, this time at the hands of nature, when heavy floods washed the bridge away. Thankfully the bridge was been fully restored and is can now once again standing proudly over the small Radobolja stream.
Surprisingly enough the Crooked Bridge (Kriva Cuprija) is older than the Old Bridge (Stari Most). The construction probably took place in 1558.
The bridge was only damaged during the recent war, but then later totally destroyed by floods in the late 1990s.
The reconstruction project was initiated by the UNESCO and completed in 2001.
It is said that the single arch Crooked Bridge was a sort of prototype for the Old Bridge.
The Crooked Bridge is located about 100 meters west of the Old Bridge on the right bank of the river Neretva. It crosses the Radoblja River, which is a tributary of the Neretva River.
Crooked Bridge, Onescukova b.b., Mostar
Kriva cuprija (or the Crooked Bridge). We just stumbled upon this bridge on an evening walk .It crosses the Rabobolja creek, a right-bank affluent of the Neretva River. It looks similar Stari Most. The arch is a perfect semicircle..Stone steps to the bridge on either side. The floods of December 2000 destroyed this bridge, but it was reconstructed the following year.
When we saw Kriva Ćuprija, I was amazed and thought for a moment “how strange, the bridge looks much smaller than on photos…”, until I realized that it was not Stari Most but another one, Kriva Ćuprija. I learned later that it was a bit older (it should have been finished in1558) and might have been a kind of model for the big one. It is built in the same way with a single arch. Unlike Stari most, it was not put down during the war but nevertheless was hit and weakened. Consequently, a major flood wiped it off during the night of December 31st 1999. It has now been reconstructed under Unesco supervision by Luxemburg funding.
This is a vocabulary question about Kriva Ćuprija. The Unesco sign names it “Crooked bridge” in English and “Pont en dos d’âne” in French. As far as I know this type of bridge is named in English either “crooked bridge” or “humpback bridge” with about the same frequency for both naming. However, when it comes to the bridge in Mostar, the name “Crooked bridge” is exclusively used. Why ? Is it closer to the local name? I have found that Kriva could be translated by “crooked” but failed to find the meaning for Ćuprija. Bridge is translated by most or by paluba both in my Croat and in my Serbian dictionaries. May be Ćuprija is related with Ćup for pot, jar. Anybody can tell?
There is another ancient bridge in Mostar: the Kriva Cuprija (or the Crooked Bridge), a stone one-arch bridge of small dimension and closely resembles the Stari Most. It crosses the Rabobolja creek, a right-bank affluent of the Neretva River. The exact date of its construction and the name of its founder are not known.
One of the oldest preserved monuments of Turkish period of rule is Kriva Cuprija (Crooked Bridge). It is located about 100 meters far from the Old Bridge, on Radoblja River. It is older than the Old Bridge and it was built in 1558. According to some narrations, this small bridge was a prototype for the building of the Old Bridge.
This lovely bridge is near the Old Bridge. It has a similar style but is much smaller. It is located in a lovely setting and spans a branch of the Radobolja River.